Leading Anti-Bias Early Childhood Programs: A Guide for Change

January 4, 2021 - 1 minute read

By: Louise Derman-Sparks, Debbie LeeKeenan, John Nimmo

Whether you are a director/administrator or a teacher leader, this book is a great resource for planning, developing, and implementing an Anti-Bias Education program. The chapters walk readers through the background of Anti-Bias Education, the foundation of what a leader’s role is in planning and implementing Anti-Bias Education, and how leaders can get stakeholders (families and teachers) engaged in Anti-Bias values and expectations. However, the authors also recognize that introducing and sustaining Anti-Bias Education can be difficult. Therefore, the chapters also discuss the disequilibrium and conflict that can occur as mindsets shift to create a more safe, welcoming, and equitable environment for all children.

Finally, a concept that is introduced in chapter 3 builds the foundation of where to begin the work for implementing Anti-Bias Education. The foundational piece of information is the four broad categories are provided as a way to understand where teachers are starting on their journey towards implementing Anti-Bias Education. The four areas are:

  • Resistant Teacher
  • Beginner Teacher
  • Learner Teacher
  • Mentor Teacher

Using these four ‘types of teachers’, under the umbrella of Anti-Bias Education implementation, leaders and teachers can reflect on their starting points and continue to reflect on their growth as they implement Anti-Bias Education.

This is a great book for building an Anti-Bias Education program in early childhood settings.

Reviewed By: Anni Reinking

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